Unscrupulous customer care at Apple

This is one of those posts I don't enjoy writing but this must be said. I have a mid-2011 27" iMac (with AppleCare). It has now broken down three times for the very same problem (its video card goes bad). Other things on it also broke down, like the SuperDrive. Bottom line: Apple has refused … Continue reading Unscrupulous customer care at Apple

Why is it that Apple has three messaging apps?

   Back when Apple brought out FaceTime, I couldn't get why it had to make a separate video chat app when it already had iChat. Now we have a third app included with iOS 5, called iMessage. Why? If the people at Apple are intent on making little messaging apps, each with their micro-purpose, then … Continue reading Why is it that Apple has three messaging apps?

How to avoid nightmares when upgrading your Drupal install

I had some real "fun" today (about a full day's worth) after upgrading one of my Drupal installs from 7.7 to 7.8. The whole site went awry: the template no longer showed, I was only getting text, I kept getting either 404 or 500 errors when clicking on links, and nothing I did seemed to … Continue reading How to avoid nightmares when upgrading your Drupal install

A lot of teachers in Romania shouldn’t be teaching

It's been a couple of weeks or so since high school students in Romania had to take their graduation exams -- the Bac, as it's known over here. The whole thing was a huge controversy this year, because for the first time ever, there were strict rules in place to ensure no cheating occurred on … Continue reading A lot of teachers in Romania shouldn’t be teaching

Java finally acknowledges upgrade issues

Not sure how many of you have been aware of this, but Java upgrades over the past several years have been problematic for Windows users. When a new version of Java came out, the installer would prompt you to upgrade, but would never prompt you to remove the old version, or do it for you. … Continue reading Java finally acknowledges upgrade issues

File corruption rears its ugly head

During the last few weeks, I've seen the following error in Adobe Lightroom 3. There I am, editing photos, minding my own business, and when I try to view a photo for editing, I get the error message you see above: "The file appears to be unsupported or damaged." When I try to view the … Continue reading File corruption rears its ugly head

SmugMug, are you listening?

I'm disappointed with SmugMug over their continued lack of support for proper export and maintenance of photographs directly from Lightroom. Back in July, I wrote about the Flickr Publish Service in Lightroom, and wondered when SmugMug would introduce their own. What I was really looking for (and I said this in the post) was a … Continue reading SmugMug, are you listening?